Department of Neuroscience
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
We are offering a PhD fellowship in sleep data analysis commencing January
Our group and research
The Kornum Lab explores sleep biology in health and disease. Our focus is to
understand sleep-wake neurophysiology and how the immune system affects the
sleep regulating networks of the brain. We are particularly interested in the
hypocretin/orexin neurons, their signaling, and their involvement in the sleep
disorder narcolepsy and in sleep-wake regulation during sickness in general.
More information about the group can be found at our lab site
(www. molecularsleeplab.dk) and at the department webpage
(https: // in.ku.dk/).
The aim of this project is to develop, test and implement deep learning
methods for automatic scoring of sleep recordings in mice.
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Birgitte Rahbek Kornum,
Department of Neuroscience, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start: Jan 1 2022
Duration: 3 years as a PhD student
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:
Carry through an independent research project under supervision
Take part in the daily life of the research group
Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to
approx. 30 ECTS points
Participate in active research environments including a stay at another
Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to
your PhD project
Teaching at bachelor- and master courses at SUND to a minor extend
Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master's degree related
to the subject area of the project. Applicants must also have previous
experience with analyzing sleep EEG recordings from mice,
previous experience with machine learning methods and previous working
experience from a neuroscience environment.
Other important criteria are:
The grade point average achieved
Other professional activities
Curious mind-set with a strong interest in systems neuroscience
Place of employment
The place of employment is at Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health
and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and
stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research
environment. Our research facilities include fully equipped modern
laboratories for both in vitro and in vivo neuroscience.
Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.
It is conditioned upon the applicant's successful enrolment as a PhD student
at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an
application for the specific project.
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on
the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.
Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly
salary begins around 27,871 DKK /approx. 3,747 EUR (October 2021-level) plus
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical
Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website:
https: // healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now'
below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:
1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant
for the position
3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a
certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement
from the institution or supervisor will do
4. Publication list (if possible)
Application deadline: Oct 24 2021, 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and
not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned
The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring
committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their
application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.
The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications
and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research,
techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.
Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity
to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of
13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500
students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field
of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge
sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular
studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future
through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients
and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the
surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to
apply for the position.